Jun 25, 2017 | By Tess

Designer Jamela Law has created a fashion collection inspired by one of nature’s strongest shapes, the honeycomb. The project, called Beeing Human, brings together various fabrication technologies and techniques, such as 3D printing, silicone casting, and hand sewing.

The striking series of garments (mainly dresses) that make up the Beeing Human collection are not only beautiful to look at, however, but they carry an important message through both their aesthetic and how they were made.

By integrating a nature-inspired structure and form (the honeycomb), Law says she is trying to convey an important environmental message. “The fusion of geometric, architectural and biological forms coming together on a human body is to question: why are we not fighting for Mother Nature if we humans are so passionate self-preservation and protection? Beeing Human aims to convey an environmental message, encouraging people to rethink our relationship with nature by joining the dots,” she says to core77.

3D printing, she goes on to explain, was also a crucially important inspiration for the fashion collection, as it enabled her to create and push fashion boundaries in sustainable way. “3D printing is integrated to show how technology can be a design medium, democratizing fashion,” she adds.

In making Beeing Human, Law worked with Rhinoceros 3D as well as T-spines and Grasshopper plug-ins. These software programs allowed her to realize her complex design vision, more than traditional processes such as sewing would allow. Grasshopper, especially, was well suited for making the intricate and repeating honeycomb structure of the garments thanks to its algorithm-based design tools.

For the honeycomb shaped tiles that can be discerned on many of the garments, Law used an innovative technique called gravity casting, which allowed her to use only a small number of 3D printed negative molds to produce a large number of silicone tiles. “These skin friendly silicone tiles act as waterproof, strong and elastic haberdashery rarely seen in the field of fashion,” she writes.

In keeping with the designer’s environmental message, she chose to work primarily with a biodegradable 3D printing filament called BioFila Silk. According to the designer, the material is not only renewable but actually has better durability than the material it is based on, lignin.

“For every new work, I wish to explore limits of fabrication process and find ways to achieve breakthroughs. 3D printing removes barriers to resources and skills that had previously prevented generations of designers from realizing their ideas. We can now easily explore intricate forms and futuristic silhouettes by playing with complex mathematical formulas and novel geometries,” explains Law.

She also adds that with technologies such as 3D scanning at her disposal, her eye-catching garments can easily be customized to the wearer. (This also means her pieces are made-to-order, thus cutting back on wasted materials.)



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Jamela wrote at 6/26/2017 8:24:37 PM:

Thank you so much for the feature! :-) If anyone would like to check out more of my works I am available on instagram @poeticreature ! Love, Jamela L

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